NEW YORK, October 02, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of notes issued from Mariner Finance Issuance Trust 2023-A (MFIT 2023-A), a personal loan asset-backed securities transaction.
MFIT 2023-A will issue five classes of notes totaling $300 million. The notes are expected to be collateralized by at least $343.453 million of secured and unsecured, fixed-rate, personal loans originated by Mariner Finance, LLC, (“Mariner” or the “Company”) at closing. The preliminary ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 43.85% for the Class A notes to 13.15% for the Class E notes. Credit enhancement is comprised of overcollateralization, subordination of junior note classes, a cash reserve account, and excess spread. This transaction includes a two-year revolving period where additional collateral may be funded in the transaction so long as it complies with certain eligibility criteria and the resulting collateral pool, following any additions, is maintained within reinvestment criteria. MFIT 2023-A is Mariner’s first consumer loan, term ABS securitization issued in 2023. Mariner has previously issued eight public and one private consumer loan securitizations since 2017.
Mariner was founded in 2002 and is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of MF Raven Holdings, Inc. (“MF Raven”) which, in turn, is indirectly wholly owned by WP Raven Acquisition, LLC (“WP Raven”). Mariner is indirectly owned by private equity funds managed by Warburg Pincus, LLC through WP Raven. The Company, together with its affiliates, is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and as of June 30, 2023, has 499 branches across 28 states servicing over 686,256 active customers. Mariner reported a positive net income for the first half of 2023 and had an outstanding portfolio balance of $2.8 billion as of June 30, 2023.
KBRA applied its Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and Mariner’s historical annualized gross loss data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of Mariner, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.
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